While some brides-to-be still dream of making memories that “stay in Vegas,” more and more ladies are opting for grown-up getaways that are a little more appropriate for social media. Seattle, Portland, and the rest of the Pacific Northwest region are rich with potential for an unforgettable bachelorette party, and with so much variety, there’s bound to be a celebration location fit for you and your clique.
Picture you and your best girls laying lakeside and sipping wine in one of Washington’s most beautiful vacation destinations. Sound like a dream? All it takes is a three hour drive from Seattle. Lake Chelan is ripe with vineyards and gorgeous wineries to tour. Plus, its warm and dry weather is perfect for getting your tan on.
Where to Stay: Located right in the heart of historic downtown Chelan, Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan is the ultimate spot. Its beachfront access, multiple pools and hot tubs, paddleboard rentals, restaurant, and tiki drink shack make it hard to beat.
Where to Eat: If you’re looking for sit-down service, head to Local Myth Pizza. They’ve got a mean Greek salad and plenty of artisan pizzas to share. Lakeview Drive-In is another iconic Chelan eatery just down the street from Campbell’s. You’ll definitely want to indulge in their peanut butter hot fudge milkshake.
What to Do: Enjoy all of the wine Lake Chelan has to offer by signing up for a wine tasting tour and stroll through downtown Chelan’s shopping center. Be sure to enjoy the water with boat or jet ski rentals as well. Extra-adventurous maids can even sign up to parasail!
Whistler: If you’re planning on hosting a wedding during the colder months, head to Whistler to experience the ultimate winter wonderland. Cross the border to witness the Canadian ski resort’s amazing charm. Adventure awaits!
Where to Stay: Looking for luxury? Look no further than The Westin at Whistler Village, twice named the #1 ski resort hotel by Condé Nast. The resort is located within walking distance to lifts and is sure to meet all your accommodation needs.
Where to Eat: Head to 21 Steps Kitchen + Bar for a warm atmosphere and menu full of re-imagined comfort food created from scratch each day.
What to Do: Besides hitting the powder with your ladies, take a scenic ride in the Peak 2 Peak gondola and book a Blackcomb Brewery Tour.
Portland: Plan a road trip to the Rose City for the ultimate foodie fest. Oh, and tax-free shopping. Need I say more?
Where to Stay: You’re going to have to fight the urge to Instagram every room of the trendy Ace Hotel Portland. It’s located in a prime spot of downtown PDX for optimum walkability.
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Where to Eat: It’s hard to go wrong with any of Portland’s offerings. Try as many food trucks as possible (like Nong’s famous chicken and rice), visit Salt and Straw for the tourist-in-you’s sake, and at least try to pace yourself on the box of Blue Star Donuts you’ll buy.
What to Do: Eat. Shop. Enjoy the streets and beautiful bridges of the city on a bike tour or better yet, brew cycle tour. Then, eat some more.